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The art project that is my life on the trails

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This was one of those days when I know I must have appeared to be [strange, odd, unusual, weird, loopy... choose one or all.] when seen by other hikers.  Sometimes I have the attention span of a terrier… look a Flower… oh a butterfly… new Leaves… WOW what a fantastic view…  and I admit it I have been known to say these things out loud, even when I am alone.  Other times I am the patient statue waiting 15 minutes for a butterfly allowing it to fly toward and around me while I am frozen in place.  If you saw me on this hike I hope you enjoyed the art project that is my life on the trails.

Love to ALL!
Lee


The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring Tra La

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My Father use to sing softly as we tended the garden together.  A favorite was the Gilbert and Sullivan tune “The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring”  (Mikado)

The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine —
As we merrily dance and we sing,
Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring,
Tra la,

The day before he passed away my 82 year old Father sent my 66 year old Mother a note containing a pressed Violet (her favorite flower) from their garden.  His only message “The flowers that bloom in the spring, Tra la”.  Love, Joe

Whenever I see Violets along the trail I am reminded of their Love and Friendship.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Wildflowers create tiny flourishes of color in the Winter Forest

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Before winter comes to an end and the leaves begin to create a canopy of green lovely Wildflowers delicately paint the Forest floor.  The first Wildflowers to appear this year are Violets and Bluets.  Their varying shades of purple with accents of yellow, pink and white are spectacular against the dried rust colored autumn Leaves along the Hot Springs Mountain Trail.  The tiny blooms created a treasure hunt as I sought their delicate petals along the trail edges.   At the top of the mountain a flash of red lead my eye to a Male Cardinal that landed on a branch above a newly revealed egg shaped rock. The rock reminded me of the eggs in the film Alien.  It was another lovely winter hike with my husband.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Nature Teaches our Hearts to Speak Without Words

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Nature teaches our Hearts to speak without words and our Souls to erupt in silent song. ~ Lee Hiller

Never miss a chance to hike a familiar trail as each day Nature weaves her magic renewing the scenery.  Autumn Leaves, fallen branches, a Wildflower etc. changes are waiting to be discovered.  Lace up your boots the trails are waiting for you ;)

Love to ALL!
Lee


Nature Weaves a New Tapestry of Living Artistry

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Some spring days reveal a fantastic transformation as Nature weaves a new tapestry of living artistry before our eyes.  When my Husband Rick and I headed up into Hot Springs National Park it was clear Nature was painting a glorious spring portrait. It began with the “The Chinaberry Butterfly Trees” and continued across the mountain.

Each Tree and Leaf held beauty either of it’s own design or via a delicate visitor.  Butterflies and Hummingbird Moths danced lightly across the green seeking warmth and sustenance.   Tiny birds hid within the new canopy building nests and calling to would be mates and suitors.  Each step along the trail pulled us into a glowing tunnel of new greenery.  Wildflowers became delicate brushstrokes of color on the canvas of the Forest floor.  Spring was creating a magical ever-changing landscape and for a brief moment in time we were a part of its beautiful artistry.

Special thanks to the sweet Mourning Dove that against its instincts did not fly off as planned.  Your graceful wing stretch should have heralded your departure. Instead you chose to stay and even walked back toward me. Your flight up into the Tree when others approached did however seem prudent. I am grateful you trusted me to take your photograph.

Love to ALL!
Lee


Spring Weaves Colorful Tapestry in Hot Springs National Park

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Spring is not waiting for the calender in Hot Springs National Park.  New green Leaves and and bright pink Red Bud blossoms are weaving a spectacular tapestry along the Mountain trails. Across the Forest floor new foliage has begun to change the texture and color in the park. Wildflowers push boldly upward seeking the increasing sunlight.  Among the purple, pink and white blooms delicate winged insects stretch their wings to bask in the warmth.

Birds have reappeared and are beginning to work in pairs preparing their nests.  Avian adolescents soar on gentle breezes as they battle for territory, landing only to sing of their triumphs.  A Spring awakening beckons to all who will listen. Have a Lovely day on the trails…

Love to ALL!
Lee

PS: Special Thanks to @JavaJuicellc (Java Juice extract), your organic coffee is wonderful.  Usually if my husband or myself have coffee in our hiking smoothies we have to use nut milk and agave to cover up the bitter taste.  Your product is so smooth and tasty it did not require anything other than fruits and veggies. Energy without the jitters too!  Tastes wonderful in all our favorite smoothie recipes.  We love the individual liquid filled packets, at home or around a campfire a tasty cup of organic coffee will always be at hand.


Spring Arrives Bringing Beautiful Tree Blossoms and Wildflowers

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This is my third Spring hiking in Hot Springs National Park and as in years past a glorious experience.  Nature is unfurling in a colorful display of blossoms from the tops of Trees to the Forest floor. During our hike my husband Rick and I are looking up into the Trees at one moment and then down to the trail edges.  Each branch has newly forming leaf buds or delicate blooms. Autumn Leaves on the Forest floor are splashed with color as Wildflowers push up into the sunlight.   I feel as if the Forest is in that beautiful time between a deep sleep and being fully awake.  A moment hovering between two worlds delicately balance on the edge of time.  A nursery filled with new life waiting patiently to spread their Leaves, Petals and Wings in celebration of spring.

We move through the Forest taking care not to disturb the grace of the spring renewal.

Much Love to ALL!
Lee


2011 Winter Spring Summer Wildflowers in Arkansas Pt 2

Each of the Wildflowers in this three part 2011 series are in order of discovery Part 2 begins in April 2011
If you missed Part One Click Here

HSNP Tufa Terrace Trail Baby Blue Eyes

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Krigia Potato Dandelion

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Wild Hyacinth American Lady Butterfly

HSNP Floral Trail Pink Phlox

Hot Springs Mountain Trail Birds Foot Violet

HSNP Fordyce Estate Sunset Trail Purple Spiderwort

HSNP Peak Trail Alpine Bluets Spring Early Morning

HSNP Gulpha Gorge Trail Ouachita Blazing Star

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Twistflower

HSNP Goat Rock Trail Cone Flower

Hot Springs Mountain Road Cranesbill Geranium

HSNP Carriage Road Dandelions

Lake Catherine State Park Horseshoe Trail Venus Looking-Glass

Lake Catherine State Park Horseshoe Trail Goat’s Rue

Fountain Street Heal-All

More to come… to continue to Part Three Click Here
If you missed Part One Click Here


Nesting, Foraging and Sprouting in the Spring Forest

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Winter rains have fallen and spring has brought forth an abundance of life sprouting along the Forest Trails. The once barren Trees are a flowing canopy of green, pink, orange, red and silver shimmering against a bright blue sky. The Forest floor is a carpet of brown now embroidered with green, purple, pink, white, violet, yellow, lavender and red. The ever-changing artistry at Nature’s hand is a glorious rainbow that dips into my Soul. Standing in the Spring Forest I am reminded how easily we can be reborn if only our Hearts awaken to the realization that our past failures are merely signposts leading us toward opportunities not yet realized.
May Spring Fill You Life with Beauty!
Love to ALL,
Lee


Five Hour Hike Pt 1 – Wildflowers, Flowering Trees, Lizard and Song Birds

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First special thanks to my twitter friend @USWildflowers for identifying the False Garlic I photographed along the Tufa Terrace. Please visit their website http://USWildflowers.com

I did not think I would be hiking for five hours when I stepped out the door. A big storm is coming so I wanted to photograph all the lovely Wildflowers and Flowering Trees prior to the arrival of the high winds, rain and lightning.  It never occurred to me there would be so many spring blooms along the trails.  I kept hiking taking photographs following Wildflowers and lovely song birds.

As I leaned in to take a photograph of a Birds-Foot Violet on the Goat Rock Trail I found myself eye to eye with a Northern Green Anole.  Now brown and blending into the Tree to my side it was a wonderful surprise.  It was a joy to find both pink Oxalis and Pussy Toes sprinkled along the tail edge between patches of Violets.  When I arrive at the Hot Springs Mountain Trail head there is a lovely field of Springs Beauty.  They are a spectacular display of small white with pink stripe Wildflowers.

Along the Hot Springs Mountain Road rich purple wild Violets have sprung up within the dark green foliage.  Wonderful blossoming Trees are glowing in the morning light along the road leading to the top of the mountain.  Nature has brought a glorious early spring to Hot Springs and the National Park.

Please enjoy part one of my photographic spring journey before the winter storm this weekend.

Love to ALL!  Dance across the Mountains and Forests with me.
Lee